They were "hip young kids", riding the tube, reading The Buddha of Suburbia, his novel about sex, drugs and race in 70s south London. When the book came out in , he was a rebel hero and 13 years on, although no longer sure of who his fans are, Kureishi retains the air of a man slightly too cool for his surroundings. He has written a film, The Mother, about the sex life of a woman approaching I wrote it because I was interested in it. She was appalled. The idea of an older woman having sex does not go down well with people.
|Published (Last):||25 August 2005|
|PDF File Size:||5.70 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||8.27 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
They were "hip young kids", riding the tube, reading The Buddha of Suburbia, his novel about sex, drugs and race in 70s south London. When the book came out in , he was a rebel hero and 13 years on, although no longer sure of who his fans are, Kureishi retains the air of a man slightly too cool for his surroundings.
He has written a film, The Mother, about the sex life of a woman approaching I wrote it because I was interested in it. She was appalled. The idea of an older woman having sex does not go down well with people. He wrote of a gay, mixed-race affair in his film My Beautiful Laundrette, of sex for hire in Suburbia, and then in his novel Intimacy about a man falling out of love with his partner, the details of which so tallied with his own circumstances - leaving his publisher girlfriend for another, much younger woman - that he was condemned in the press as a right disloyal bastard.
You look for conflict. Not only that they have to part, but that they may even hate each other before they part. And when you hate someone, you maybe behave monstrously towards them, which is a disgusting thought.
And they hate you as well. Writers happen to write it down, which makes them bad. His father was Indian, his mother English. He supposes, now, that as one of 12 children, Kureishi senior wanted to stand out. And he did; Bromley was very white in the s and 70s.
The whole family stood out. I wonder if he thinks Britain has become less racist since then. You just realise that the focus has changed. And I was really offended. The manuscripts are very intimate, says Kureishi. He felt a bit odd when he got to the part about his father entering a brothel, aged But then he reasoned that his dad would have been "flattered and knocked out" that his writing was going to be published.
Has his mum seen The Mother, I wonder? She loved it. She kept saying: am I going to be shocked by it? Will I have to cover my eyes? If a friend expresses sympathy with the pro-war argument, Kureishi says he finds it "rather shocking". He is very depressed about the government, which he believes has failed on schools, housing, the war.
Did he have any sympathy for her when she was attacked for her decision? Kureishi explodes. How long have these fuckers been in power? Why are there no schools? You know? Come off it. That stuff. It seemed to me that the real philosophical breakthroughs of the 20th century were in terms of the understanding of language.
What is language? Where does it come from, how does it work, what does it do? Language and gender. He writes loads, he says. But it did, and he started writing plays for the Royal Court theatre. One of the characters in The Mother is a failed writer, a woman whose ambition is unmatched by ability and who Kureishi depicts, in this pathetic state, with a little too much relish. Does he ever worry about the ideas drying up? You obviously do.
Hanif Kureishi: A life laid bare
Shazuru He is indecisive, completely real and human. We would go round and round, but rarely forwards. This seems like the city I live in. And these were bad guys — drunk, awful, depressed people.
'When you're writing, you look for conflict'
Jun 03, joanne crouch rated it it was amazing i give it 5 stars reluctantly. After I read it, i had to immediately take it to a book swap shop so that i could remove it from my presence. It may not be a pretty i give it 5 stars reluctantly. It may not be a pretty book, it may not necessarily be a page turner with a riveting storyline, but as a piece of prose that captures the emotions and tragedy of a failing relationship, it was perfection to the point I had to run away from it. Its like a memoir of a man on the day he is deciding to leave his family.
Hanif Kureishi Quotes
Happily, I found it next to my Kunderas. I thought "Intimacy" might continue some of the themes about relationships that had interested me in "The Joke". After finishing it, I discovered a interview with Kureishi in the Guardian in which he revealed that he had been reading "The Joke" that very morning. He seemed to define the Zeitgeist. At least if you were male! He had a David Bowie-like rock star persona. He could get away with almost anything.
Intimacy and Midnight All Day: A Novel and Stories